The Wyoming Community College Commission is seeking an energetic, collaborative, and visionary leader who can work with the colleges and other key stakeholders to maintain and expand its focus on student success and meet the workforce needs of the state. The Commission is a seven-member board appointed by the Governor of Wyoming, that provides coordination, advocacy, and accountability for the community college system on behalf of the State of Wyoming. The Commission seeks their next Executive Director to oversee all aspects of the Commission’s responsibilities and to assure that statutory requirements are met. The Executive Director is responsible for daily operation of the Commission including hiring and oversight of staff, budgeting, and policies and procedures. The Executive Director serves as an advisor to the Commissioners in the initiation, formulation and drafting of policy, as well as the formulation of the Commission’s biennial budget request, which includes state aid for the colleges. The Director works with the college presidents and the local boards of trustees to represent the community colleges’ interests and enhance the role and reputation of the colleges in Wyoming. The Director represents the Commission and the colleges on a variety of committees and initiatives designed to improve student learning, persistence and completion. To learn more about the Commission and the colleges, please visit https://communitycolleges.wy.edu.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate for the next Executive Director will be an experienced leader with a passion for excellence and a strong understanding of and commitment to community college education and its importance to the economic strength of the state. The next Executive Director will work collaboratively with the seven community colleges, the Governor, legislature, and other educational entities and will serve as one of two Wyoming State Higher Education Executive Officers. Successful candidates will be strong communicators, collaborative leaders, and will be skilled in fiscal planning and management, public relations, and working with the legislature and executive branch. A relevant master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Senior administrative experience and/or demonstrated leadership is expected. A terminal degree is beneficial.
Location: The Commission is located on the high plains of southeastern Wyoming, in the capital city of Cheyenne, the largest city in Wyoming. Cheyenne is at a major crossroads for the Rocky Mountain region and the western United States. The city offers a variety of entertainment options including Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration, historic trolley tours, an assortment of museums (including the historic Cheyenne Depot), as well as opportunities to explore at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, and nearly 30,000 acres of Terry Bison Ranch. For outdoor enthusiasts, the region also offers year-round outdoor activities, including world class hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, camping, and skiing. Cheyenne is also within two hours driving time of the urban centers of Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado.
Application: Interested candidates should submit only a cover letter and resume to RPA Inc. at WYDirector@rpainc.org. For a confidential discussion about this opportunity or to make a nomination, please call Amanda O’Donnell, Search Manager at 800-992-9277. The review of candidates will begin on February 26, 2018, and first round interviews will commence thereafter.
The Wyoming Community College Commission is committed to equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate in its employment or educational programs or facilities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, political affiliation, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.